Enrique Lamadrid, professor and chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of New Mexico, speaks on the influences and conflicts between regional native peoples and the Spanish explorers and settlers during the 400-year period of colonization of New Mexico, on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at the KiMo Theatre, 523 Central Ave. NW. The event, which includes a reception, is free and open to the public.

Lamadrid's presentation is a featured event in the year-long series of free programs celebrating New Mexico's Centennial. His illustrated talk focuses on the Spanish Colonial era in New Mexico.

Political and cultural struggles are revealed in themes of conquest and re-conquest, resistance and capitulation. Through festivals and ritual displays, native peoples express their culture and identity. Collective memory is profound in a contested region at the edges of empire, where conquerors are conquered in turn, and where discourses of power morph into discourses of survival. Indo-Hispano cultural knowledge has had much to contribute to a global conversation about the limits of empire in our own times.

Lamadrid teaches folklore, literature and cultural history. His research on cultural hybridity culminated in his acclaimed book, Hermanitos Comanchitos: Indo-Hispano Rituals of Captivity and Redemption (UNM Press, 2003). Lamadrid's studies have led him up and down the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro and into its watersheds. He collaborated with artist Amy Cordova on the bestselling, prizewinning children's book, Juan the Bear and the Water of Life/La Acequia de Juan del Oso (UNM Press, 2008). He also co-curated the permanent exhibit at the International Camino Real Heritage Center south of Socorro, NM.

Parking is available behind the KiMo Theatre at 5th and Copper.

Media Contact: Carolyn Gonzales (505) 277-5920; email: cgonzal@unm.edu